RC: Upon reflection, I feel our presentation at Tuschinski was relatively successful, we covered most points that we set out to, our only limitation was timing. Unfortunately the space was not available to us for very long – retrospectively, we could have investigated this before we arrived – so we were unable to explore the location further, which would have been nice, as well as unable to visit the toilets which are portrayed in Loft. Another issue we experienced was the inability to show clips which were not on the ipad – since there was only 1 on there that we found useful. Christopher overcame this by bringing along his laptop and a DVD but there were a few YouTube clips that I certainly would have liked to have shown and examined, particularly to further my idea on the space blurring the boundaries between fiction (representation) and non-fiction (reality).
With Ivo requesting we take this more to an interpretative, visionary and contextualised level, I do think we could have drawn on some of the literature we have examined in class. Whilst exploring Jacques Tati’s work, Penz introduces the concept of ‘spatial ambiguity’, doubting the function of a space as a result of uniformity. I think this is interesting with regards to the clip shown from Loft where Tuschinksi is used as a location but is assumed to be another building. Although this is not a result of uniformity persay, I think it is interesting to reflect upon the role of editing to create spatial ambiguity, and how it has the potential to join multiple spaces as if they were only one location. This ambiguity can then also refer to the blurring of non-fiction and fiction or as Ali explains, the location’s function as an intermedial space. As a result of this, Tuschinski has the potential to offer the individual visitor/spectator an entirely different experience on each visit, which is certainly unique.
For our next presentation then, we will endeavour to contextualise more of the literature and theory we have come across in class. I also would like to perform a closer reading of the clips we present, particularly with regards to the development of Dutch cinema. Plus, to ensure we have enough time, we have booked a table at the Cafe which now resides at the Cineone location!
Finally, for the final presentation, I have been thinking about examining both the representation of Paris and the importance of architecture in Inception. At the moment, I’m still reading back through the literature to decide on a angle to approach the subject from, however, I think there are a lot of very interesting aspects to explore.